Sami Zayn has been part of the WWE family for almost a decade now and has managed to become one of the most beloved Superstars in the company’s history. That being said, Zayn didn’t always have the best first impression and this includes even Dax Harwood.

Dax Harwood was part of the WWE family for a long time, where he saw a lot of success alongside Cash Wheeler in NXT. However, their main roster run was subpar in comparison.

As is the case with many Superstars in WWE, many pro wrestlers travel together when they are on the road. This includes Dax Harwood travelling with Sami Zayn as well.

While speaking on FTR with Dax podcast, Dax Harwood talked about his time working with Sami Zayn. Harwood stated that he did not like Sami Zayn at all at first but eventually warmed up to him.

“Unapologetically, Sami is very detail oriented. He’s a stickler for the things he does. It’s the same as me, he’s just less abrasive than I am. Sometimes he can get a reputation because of that, because some people are like, ‘Oh, that’s not that important. Don’t think about that’, but to him, it is important. So in his mind, he could have always been there, and I think as well.”

Sami and I are very good friends. He traveled with us a few times. He’s one of my favorite traveling partners. I knew the drive and determination he had from the beginning.”

I did not like it when I first met him. We had our tryout together in June of 2012 and I told him this story. Some issues happened. We were all in a hotel together and the cops came and started knocking on our doors, all of our doors. He and I almost simultaneously opened the door at the same time. He said, ‘Do you know where this guy is?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t know where this guy is. He said, ‘Well, you need to find out where he is’, and he slammed the door. I’m like, this motherf*cker. You know what I mean? Like, you don’t tell me what to do. I don’t care if you’ve been Ring of Honor champion, or whatever you are. You don’t tell me what to do. So I had a bad taste in my mouth.”

Oh, and then when we both got hired, we were all out to lunch with a couple of other people, and we were talking or whatever. Sami was like, ‘You know who really surprised me that they got hired? Everyone’s like, ‘Who?’ and he looked right at me and said, ‘You. I’m really surprised you got hired’, and I was like, he doesn’t have a f*cking filter. So we had words there, whatever. But he does have a bit of a reputation when you first meet him, I think, but that’s because he’s so passionate. Just like me, he’s so passionate about it.”

I think he’s finally been given the opportunity to do what he’s always been able to do. Above talent is the opportunity. As long as you get that opportunity, you believe in yourself, and you’ve got the talents to do it, you can do it. If he wants to main event WrestleMania and make these people believe, if there’s one person in this world who can do that, it’s him.”

Sami Zayn and The Bloodline imploded at the Royal Rumble Premium Live Event. WWE has major plans for Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn at WWE Elimination Chamber. We’ll have to see how Zayn will be booked in the coming weeks.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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